Our attendance varied this week but at its best it was 29. Lots of banter pre meeting and one visitor Nicky Baker.
The 60 Second Round
Neil Bellham was awarding the Oscar this week.
Members locations were a little more varied this week. Alan Moller was in a conservatory somewhere, John Hammond started out not on the road but as is frequently the case finished up there. Nick Cook, by delivering the Education Slot as well as his 60 seconds gave us all plenty of time to examine his office, which gives the impression that everything has a place but only he knows where the places are. As always I was particularly drawn to the lumberjack style jacket sharing a peg with other garments immediately behind him. I could swear that it had not moved since last week, or the week before, or ….. Has he in fact got one of those backdrop things because he suffers from officebarrisment. By contrast, Matt Barry was outdoors. He addressed us from a park bench, presumably feeling confident that his boasted haircut would make sure he was not mistaken for a vagrant. He even showed us his dog in an attempt to justify his being outdoors. The reality was that his staff were now all back in the office and there was no room for him. Neil was impressed and awarded him the Oscar.
And so what of the rest.
Kevin Radford was in metaphorical mood. Maybe the best metaphors are the unbelievable ones, he was supposedly helping his Missus doing the washing up when he lost his sponge. This scenario did not seem to compare with the perceived reality of the Radford household. Household however was the relevant word. That was the insurance he was alluding to, this together with the addons needed to deal with accidental damage or loss were baffling. Truth be told, all you need to do is buy your household insurance from him, I know I do!
Tina Walker has a new client! They make shop front shutters which makes them probably easier to act for than pronounce.
Two members who are clearly very busy are Kieran Peaty, he is having to expand his empire with another person joining him and Mason Edwards who currently has jobs coming out of his ears and has all 60 members of staff back working. He joined us later in the meeting but declared himself clear from next week onwards.
Toby Acton has found a new source of clientele; young (or even old) mums, he is managing however to deal with them all whilst deep diving.
Mike Skinner showed us his drones at work. The bloke on the motor cycle would probably been better off airborne but the presentation was impressive.
The Mayor of Gants Hill wants us all to make people happy by getting us to order personalised “Thank you” cards from him. In rather Pickwickian style, he urged hand written notes that we could send to our customers and friends through the Royal. Mail. Ah! happy memories.
Meeting Secretaries Report
More a justifiable rant. Get your entries on the web site updated. I intend to do mine after I have finished this Blog.
10-minute presentation by Ben Golding
With 2 videos and the 3 “S”s Ben Golding entertained us whilst reminding us of the many advantages of UW. Joanna Lumley, sporting a face lift to die for, led into his own definition of the 3 “S”s namely Saving, Simplicity, and Service…what’s yours!